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Shaw: Belles feeling refreshed

7 September 2019

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Belles head coach Zoey Shaw felt it was good to get a lighter session into the girls ahead of Sunday’s visit of Sporting Khalsa.

The Belles return home after two away trips in a week in the FAWNL Division One Midlands, and Shaw believes the light-hearted training session on Thursday evening was just what was needed for the group.

“It was good for us just to come in on Thursday, we had chance to reflect on the game and look through some of the footage from the game and pick it apart, we’ve come out and had a good session and the team morale is really high,” she said.

“The girls are in high spirits and we’re all raring to go on Sunday, it’s sometimes good to have one of those lighter sessions, the girls can enjoy it, they get a bit of rest and it just helps their mindset a lot.

“We needed it really to help them relax, there’s a lot of focus around the Belles at the minute, so it’s been good just to shift away from that and have a bit of fun and that’ll really help all the girls prepare for the weekend.”

The Belles’ game with Sporting Khalsa sees them back at Oxford Street for the first time since the opening day of the campaign, and Shaw says the Belles are looking forward to being back home before another round of three away games.

“We’ve nailed a few things down this week and hopefully that comes across with a strong performance on Sunday, we’re looking forward to being back at Rossington, it’s been a little while now but it’ll suit us well being back,” she added.

“I’ve said to the girls, what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch, you have to have those relationships which are fantastic to have around the team, we want people to be direct, you need that in football as that’s what gets you through.

“We play at Oxford Street, we have a good fan base there, and we’re looking forward to hopefully sending them away with three points, we want to send a message out to the league that we do mean business and we can then transfer that into our away form.”

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